5 Do I have to register my address when renting in the Netherlands?
Yes, the government wants to know who lives where; therefore, you have to register your address or any change of address officially. The BRP database contains the personal data of all residents of the Netherlands. If you move to a new place, you must report your new address to the BRP and deregister your old address. You must do so within four weeks before and no later than five days after your address changes. Registration in the BRP is made through the Municipality.
If you are moving within the same municipality, you can register address changes mostly digitally via the website of the respective city. If you move to another municipality in the Netherlands, you must register there. The municipality that you leave automatically takes care of your deregistration.
Sometimes housing ads contain the note: “no registration possible”, meaning that you can’t register at this address, which is illegal. The reason could be that the landlord doesn’t feel like receiving all the mail from previous tenants (including debt collectors at the door). However, it’s more likely that the room is located in a house where the landlord is not officially allowed to (sub)rent that room or that the landlord does not specify all rent for the taxes.
Especially in student cities, this happens quite frequently, though. Next to the fact that it is illegal not to register your address at the BRP, it also brings another disadvantage: To receive allowances from the government (e.g. housing or care allowance), you need to be legally registered with your address.